A split Sturgeon Bay Common Council vote on the Planning Unit Development for the old West Side School was decided by Mayor David Ward’s aye vote Tuesday night. Public comments before the meeting were split as well as four spoke in favor of the proposed affordable housing development while four others asked the council to save the West Side Field that would be removed.
Council members David Hayes, Seth Wiederanders and Dan Williams voted in favor while Gary Nault, Kirstin Reeths, and Kelly Avenson voted against the recommendation. The 3-3 tie required Mayor David Ward to vote since District 1 councilmember Helen Bacon was not present.
A first reading of the ordinance to rezone from Single Family Residential to the PUD for the property known as West Side School and West Side Field then passed with the identical earlier vote.
The Sturgeon Bay City Council will need to approve a second reading at the next regular meeting on November 19 for the ordinance to be enacted.
Northpointe Development is planning on a 40 unit apartment complex at the West Redwood Street location.
In other business Tuesday, the council voted unanimously to have city attorney James Kalny file a motion to have Judge Raymond Huber lift the injunction placed on Lot 92 on the west side waterfront as part of the court case between the city and the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront. Lot 100 would not need to be considered. They also passed a consideration to identify Cherry Blossom Park as a dog-free park.